Solomon Islands school introduces dawn prayer program

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The recent baptismal service.

A Seventh-day Adventist school in Solomon Islands has been starting the day in a powerful way through a dawn prayer initiative.

Each term for 40 days, Kopiu Adventist High School, in Honiara, holds a 40 minutes in prayer program from 5.20am to 6am. Along with prayer, the participants do Bible readings together, read from Ellen White books and go on prayer walks. Sometimes they gather in small groups besides the houses of staff and students and pray for them while they are asleep.

“We also have the outreach aspect of it by taking the students out of campus at dawn to visit families in nearby communities to conduct morning devotions for them and share basic need items,” said school chaplain Jason Gulea, who came up with the prayer initiative.

Baptismal candidates from Kopiu Adventist High School.

He said God’s answers to their prayers have been evident. “Needs were met, the sick were healed, challenges encountered this year come and go but we are not down and out,” Mr Gulea said. “Outreach initiatives were successful as a result of prayer. We also thank God that two of our non-Adventist students who regularly attended the prayer program and also joined the Bible study class eventually made the decision to be baptised.”

A recent baptism of 28 people included 10 students from the prayer program. Ten of the other candidates were baptised as a result of the school’s Sabbath outreach initiatives and Bible studies conducted by Rexley Aloysio, the husband of a Kopiu teacher.

“With the school intake affected by the pandemic, with only about 80-plus students currently on campus, and with a little over 30 non-baptised students, it is encouraging to see 10 of them giving their lives to Jesus,” Mr Gulea said.